Michelle Gomez (born 23 November 1966) is a Scottish actress. She gained recognition for her roles in the comedy series The Book Group (2002–2003), Green Wing (2004–2007), and Bad Education (2012–2013). She went on to appear as Missy in the long-running British science fiction series Doctor Who (2014–2017), for which she was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Michelle Gomez
Gomez at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1966-11-23) 23 November 1966 (age 57)
Glasgow, Scotland
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom and United States
Alma materRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
Years active1989–present
(m. 2000)

Gomez received further recognition and acclaim for her roles as Lilith / Madam Satan and Mary Wardwell in the Netflix supernatural horror series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018–2020) and as Miranda Croft in the HBO Max dark comedy thriller series The Flight Attendant (2020–2022).

Early life


Gomez was born in Glasgow to Tony and May Gomez. Her father is originally from Montserrat and is of Portuguese descent.[1][2][3][4] He was a photographer. Her mother ran a modelling agency.

From the moment she saw a production of Kiss Me, Kate at the age of seven, Gomez wanted to be an actress, which her parents encouraged. She attended Shawlands Academy from 1978 to 1983 and trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.



Gomez's first major role was in the 1998 film The Acid House, based on three Irvine Welsh short stories. She went on to star in the cult Channel 4 comedy drama The Book Group before landing her role as staff liaison officer Sue White in the Channel 4 comedy Green Wing.[3] She played Michelle in Carrie and Barry for the BBC, and starred as PC Sally Bobbins in the BBC 2 sitcom Feel the Force. She also appeared in Gunslinger's Revenge.

In 2005, Gomez appeared in the film Chromophobia. In 2006, she starred in the film The Good Housekeeping Guide. In 2007 she starred in a drama by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh called Wedding Belles, and starred in Boeing-Boeing at the Comedy Theatre in London. Also in 2007, she guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio play Valhalla. In 2008 she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, and performed as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew at the Courtyard Theatre and the Novello Theatre.

In 2012, Gomez starred in the British film The Wedding Video, portraying the psychologically unstable wedding planner. In the same year, she appeared in the British comedy series Bad Education, portraying the deputy-head Isobel Pickwell,[5] which returned for a second series in 2013. In 2014, she began producing comedy sketches as "Heather" an agony aunt for YouTube channel Wildseed Studios.[6]

She had a recurring role in series 8 – 10 of Doctor Who as a character called Missy. Her true identity was revealed in the Series 8 two-part finale "Dark Water" / "Death in Heaven" as an incarnation of the Master, the Doctor's longstanding nemesis.[7] Gomez reprised the role in the opening two-part story of the ninth series "The Magician's Apprentice" / "The Witch's Familiar" and again in the show's tenth series, which began broadcasting in April 2017.[8] In May 2017, Gomez stated that it would be her last series in the role.[9]

Gomez's portrayal of Missy earned her a nomination for the Best Actress (Television) award at the 2015 British Academy Scotland Awards.[10] Later, Gomez also received a nod as Best Supporting Actress at the British Academy Television Awards.[11]

In 2018, Gomez was cast as Lilith / Madam Satan and Mary Wardwell in the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.[12] She later appeared as Miranda Croft in the HBO Max dark comedy thriller series The Flight Attendant in November 2020. The show was later renewed for a second season, slated to be released in late 2022.

In 2021, Gomez was cast in season 3 of Doom Patrol as Madame Rouge.[13] She also provided the voice of Morag in The Loud House Movie.

Personal life


Gomez has been married to actor Jack Davenport since 1 May 2000.[14] She gave birth to their son in 2010.[15][16] On 28 February 2023, Gomez announced on Instagram that she, Davenport, and their son had become naturalized American citizens.[17][18]




Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Acid House Catriona Segment: A Soft Touch
Gunslinger's Revenge Leather Girl
1999 New World Disorder Annika "Amethyst" Rains
The Escort Hostess
Ticks Stressed Girl on Phone Short film
2000 Offending Angels Baggy's Ex-Girlfriend
2001 Subterrain Unknown
2005 Chromophobia Bushey
Meat the Campbells Mrs. Campbell Short film
2012 The Wedding Video Jenna (The Wedding Planner)
2021 The Loud House Movie Morag (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1989 First and Last Nurse Television film
1992 Taggart Hairdresser Episode: "Nest of Vipers"
1996 The Bill Penny Grice Episode: "Toe the Line"
1998 Carrie Bennett Episode: "Dog Eat Dog"
1999 Taggart Harriet Bailes Episode: "Bloodlines"
Highlander: The Raven Talia Bauer Episode: "Inferno"
2001 Rebus Caro Rattray Episode: "Mortal Causes"
2002 My Family Sharon Episode: "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told"
2002–2003 The Book Group Janice McCann 12 episodes
2003 Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill Judy Television film
Manchild Kitty Episode: "#2.2"
2005 Murder in Suburbia Anita Green Episode: "Death of an Estate Agent"
2004–2005 Carrie and Barry Michelle 12 episodes
2004–2007 Green Wing Sue White 18 episodes
2006 Feel the Force Sally Bobbins 6 episodes
The Good Housekeeping Guide Jenny Television film
Secret Policeman's Ball sketch Sue White Television special
2007 Oliver Twist Mrs. Sowerberry 2 episodes
Wedding Belles Amanda Television film
2009 Svengali Francine Hardy
2012–2013 Bad Education Isobel Pickwell 11 episodes
2013 Playhouse Presents Mary, Queen of Scots 6 episodes
2014–2017 Doctor Who Missy 15 episodes
2015 The Brink Vanessa 3 episodes
Gotham The Lady 2 episodes
2016 The Collection Eliette Malet
2018–2020 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Lilith / Madam Satan / Mary Wardwell 36 episodes
2020 101 Dalmatian Street Cruella de Vil (voice) 4 episodes[19]
2020–2022 The Flight Attendant Miranda Croft Main role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series[20]
2020 DuckTales Matilda McDuck (voice) Episode: "The Fight for Castle McDuck!"[21]
2021–2023 Doom Patrol Laura De Mille / Madame Rouge 20 episodes
2023 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Connie Parrish Guest Star

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2015 Lego Dimensions Missy
2018 Doctor Who Infinity [22]


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  17. ^ "Michelle on Instagram: "It's official! #usa"". Instagram. Retrieved 3 March 2023.
  18. ^ "Michelle on Instagram: "This wee lassie fae Scotland can't quite believe I'm going to bed tonight a US citizen. From the Federal plaza @uscis to @balthazarny to @thegarden @nyknicks with a quick Hopper @whitneymuseum on the way it's a day I shall never forget but the highlight by far was my son Harry leading the room of 42 countries in the pledge of allegiance. My mind is well and truly blown. Good night NYC I love you!! I finally have the same status as my son. I'm finally home. #godblessamerica"". Instagram. Retrieved 3 March 2023.
  19. ^ @MichelleGomez (3 February 2020). "I give you Cruella! @Disney @DisneyChannelUK #101dalmations" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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